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With $10k personal contribution, Allen raises $142k in first month

Barrow challenger rakes in big fundraising haul

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John Barrow challenger Rick Allen

Republican Rick Allen will report to federal campaign finance authorities that he raised just shy of $142,000 in the month since announcing a challenge to Democratic Rep. John Barrow, a campaign aide tells Tipsheet.

Spokesman Daniel McLagan, who is also an adviser to Senate hopeful Karen Handel, said the campaign had raised $141,970 in June and will enter the third quarter with $112,958 cash on hand.

A wealthy Augusta businessman with the capacity to self-finance, Allen contributed north of $600,000 of his own fortune when he ran unsuccessfully for the twelfth district’s GOP nod last year, but McLagan said the candidate has only invested $10,000 “as startup” in his latest bid.

He was defeated last by then-state Rep. Lee Anderson by the narrowest of margins in a Republican run-off. Barrow went on to defeat Anderson by 8 points in the general, despite the district favoring GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney.

At present, the primary field consists of just Allen and John Stone, who was the 2008 Republican nominee that lost the November contest to Barrow by more than 30 points.

- Brandon Howell

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